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Fudbalski klub Zemun (Serbian Cyrillic: Фудбалски клуб Земун) is a professional Serbian football club based in Zemun, Belgrade.

FK Zemun
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Full nameFudbalski klub Zemun
Founded20 October 1946
GroundZemun Stadium, Belgrade
Capacity9,588
PresidentDušan Ostojić
Head coachRadomir Koković
LeagueSerbian First League
2018–19Serbian SuperLiga, 15th {Relegated}
Current season

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HistoryEdit

Immediately after the end of the Second World War, the sports activities in Zemun were restored. By early 1945, a club FK Maksim Divnić was formed, named in honour of a player with that name that played before the war and who died as Partisan fighter during the war. After just a couple of played matches the club changed its name into FK Sremac Zemun. By the end of that year another club is also formed in Zemun, FK Sparta Zemun. On October 20, 1946, the two clubs were merged to form a new sports society whose football section was FK Jedinstvo Zemun.[1]

By 1962 the club got promotion into the group East of the Yugoslav Second League, that was divided back then into two geographical groups, East and West. It stayed at Second national level for two seasons, after which it returned into the Serbian republic league, Yugoslav third tier. In the late 1960s, the club struggled financially, and on February 23, 1969, it is merged with FK Galenika, a club sponsored by the Galenika a.d., a pharmaceutical company located in Zemun. Under the new name FK Galenika Zemun, and with new financial backing, the club soon returned to the higher leagues, winning promotion as soon as 1970 to the Yugoslav Second League.[2]

Coached by Ivan Čabrinović, the club became one of the strongest teams in the second league, and after several times being close, it finally reached promotion to the Yugoslav First League in 1982. In that same season, the club reached the semi-finals of the 1981–82 Yugoslav Cup where they lost against the cup winners Red Star Belgrade. The club played in the 1982–83 Yugoslav First League however it finished bottom of the table subsequently relegated back to the Second League. On January 1, 1985, the club changed its name into the one that still carries nowadays, FK Zemun.[3]

During the late 1980s, the club had fallen into the lower leagues, but after the stabilization of their financial situation the club began rising again. In 1990, after two consecutive promotions, the club was back in the 1990–91 Yugoslav First League. This time the club stabilized in the top league and even managed to achieve good results, like fourth place in the 1992–93 First League of FR Yugoslavia, just behind the best Serbian clubs Partizan, Red Star and Vojvodina, or the 5th place archive in the 1993–94 First League of FR Yugoslavia. In the 1992–93 season the club had reached again the semi-finals of the Yugoslav Cup.[4]

FK Zemun competed in the top league all the way until 2007. In the season 2004–05 they managed to achieve 5th place once more.[5]

In 2007 Zemun competed in the Serbian First League and came away with the 15th position and an automatic relegation to the Serbian League Belgrade, third tier. FK Zemun played in the 2007–08 Serbian Cup and found its way to the final. The club won three matches after penalties, defeated two first league sides and goalie Nemanja Jovšić was voted most valuable player. They lost the final 3–0 to Serbian team Partizan but since Partizan had already qualified for the Champions League Zemun were given the UEFA Cup spot as they were the runners-up. During the summer however, Zemun was not able to obtain a license from UEFA and had to give their spot to fourth-placed side Borac Čačak. Borac then gave their Intertoto Cup spot to OFK Beograd.[citation needed]

In 2008–09, Zemun became the champion of Serbian League Belgrade and were back to the Serbian First League after only one season.

In 2015–16, Zemun was promoted again to the Serbian First League. The following year after a bad start, they fired coach Dragoljub Bekvalac and hired Milan Milanović[6]

HonoursEdit

Yugoslav Second League (2)
  • 1981–82 Group east, 1988–89
Serbian Cup
Serbian League Belgrade
  • 2014–15
Serbian Republic League
  • 1977–78, 1986–87, 1987–88

StadiumEdit

The official stadium of FK Zemun is Zemun Stadium and can host up to 9,588 spectators.

Current squadEdit

As of 8 June 2019

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1   GK Marko Milošević
2   DF Predrag Stanimirović
3   DF Nikola Petrović
5   DF Nenad Cvetković
6   MF Milosh Tosheski
7   MF Mateja Njamculović
9   FW Filip Kukuličić
10   MF Daniel Romanovskij
14   FW Hendrik Somaeb
15   DF Emir Azemović
17   MF Stevan Luković (captain)
19   MF Momčilo Mrkaić
20   MF Nikola Ristović
23   GK Srđan Ostojić
No. Position Player
25   DF Mihailo Milutinović
26   MF Nemanja Tomić
27   MF Nikola Stojković
28   MF Lazar Stokić
31   DF Nemanja Vučić
32   FW Miloš Podunavac
50   GK Nikola Pejović
86   MF Marko Đalović
––   GK Miloš Krunić
––   DF Ivan Ilić
––   FW Nikola Nešović
––   FW Moses John
––   FW Dejan Vidić
––   FW Nikola Savić

Players with multiple nationalitiesEdit

Out on loanEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
  GK Predrag Kovačević (at BSK Batajnica until the end of season)
  GK Marko Blagojević (at Stepojevac Vaga until the end of season)
No. Position Player
  Stefan Pavić (at Milutinac until the end of season)

For recent transfers, see List of Serbian football transfers summer 2019.

Notable playersEdit

Coaching historyEdit

SupportersEdit

The supporters of the club are known as the Taurunum Boys. The group was formed in 1987.

The first organised supporting groups of back then FK Galenika begin to appear by mid-1980s. In 1986 the first ultras groups were formed under the names of Testas Caldas, Pajtosi and Godfathers. In 1987 the three groups united under the name Taurunum. The name comes from the Latin name of a settlement that existed in Roman period in the place where Zemun is located nowadays, and that was named Taurunum. The group stands in the north stand of the stadium. Some supporting groups out of the town of Zemun are formed, the most important being the Rangers from Pančevo. In 1995 by the end of the Yugoslav Wars there is a generational turn-over, and the group standing in the east stand formed by younger supporters and named The Boys – Dragons, joins Taurunum in the north stand forming a bigger group renamed Taurunum Boys. The moto of the group becomes "One city, one club, only Zemun".[9]

Nowadays the group is composed of several sub-groups, and beside supporting their club FK Zemun, they are usually present at the matches of the Serbian national team. They have friendly relationships with the fan group of Radnički Kragujevac, Crveni Đavoli.[10] and Young Rats Firm of Krylia Sovetov Samara.[11]

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